TITLE: In Sheep's Clothing
AUTHOR: L.D. Beyer
INFO: Fiction, Thriller-Suspense, 448 pages
PUBLISHED: Old Stone Mill Publishing, 2015
SOURCE: Received from Author for Review
One man holds the reins of power.
One man vows to protect him.
One man vows to destroy him.
Caught in a game of chess he didn’t know he was playing until it was too late, the President makes the only move he can, plunging Washington and the nation into chaos. Stunned and reeling, Vice President David Kendall takes the oath of office and tries to heal a nation in mourning. But what the new president doesn’t realize is that things in the White House aren’t always what they appear to be, and sometimes what looks like the best option may turn out to be the worst. When one fatal decision triggers consequences he never envisioned, President Kendall finds himself caught up in the same game that cost his predecessor his life.
Although there was nothing he could have done, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter is haunted by the death of the man he had vowed to protect. When his girlfriend dumps him and his boss tells him that his job is on the line, he thinks his life cannot get any worse. He soon realizes how wrong he is when he finds himself fighting to save another president from the deadly forces that he has unwittingly unleashed.
MY TAKE: I have to say I've been blessed by the good book fairy lately. This is the second book I've read this week that hit the 4.5 jewels rating! And they were in completely different genres and styles. Yay Me and now Yay You!
If you are a Tom Clancy fan, this book is for you. If you are a fan of suspense, human drama, political intrigue, action, thrills and chills at every corner and a hero who doesn't know that he's a hero, this book is for you. I loved it!
This really is an action packed story that I had a hard time putting down. I enjoyed the "behind the scenes" peeks at the lobbying and the general wheeling and dealing that goes on while we, the public sleeps. While you do know who (one of) the bad guy(s) is fairly quickly, the suspense keeps you turning the pages. Will he, won't he? What will he do next? Did she really just say that? It was a real guessing game right up until the end.
Our main character Matthew is immediately likable. The author makes you empathize with him as we know there was nothing he could have done to prevent the president's suicide, but we feel his frustration and helplessness all the same. I enjoyed that we are made privy to his backstory without a lot of the drudgery that sometimes accompanies setting the characters and the scene up. It tickled me that the requisite Rayban sunglasses were a factor in his motives to become a Secret Service Agent on the POTUS detail.
Character development is very strong in this book. Mr. Beyer has adeptly fleshed each of the key players out to the point that the reader will have very strong feelings towards them - one way or the other. We love Matthew, we truly like President Kendall/former VP, we hate the new Vice President Rumson and his girl/bad guy Jane as they blackmail, bully and kill to achieve their goals.
When you combine these people with the suspenseful action and meticulous details, you have one heck of a thriller - which would make a great movie. I usually don't like to compare books to movies, but two came immediately to mind: Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, both of which I also truly enjoyed. Of course my previous mention/comparison to the Master: Tom Clancy, should be proof of how much I liked it!
I am looking forward to the next installment with Matthew Richter and I highly recommend this book: it's a page-turner!
Thank you to the author, L.D. Beyer and
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